Top 7 Easy Lifestyle Changes for Family Fitness
Studies show that teens who eat with their parents tend to be
Hi, I'm Nadia Chapman for About.com. I'm here today to give you seven easy lifestyle changes to improve your family's overall health.Everyone in the family should get moving for at least one hour a day. This regulates the body weight, builds muscle and strength, boosts the metabolism and energizes. Moving and exercising helps you sleep better and reduces stress and depression. Start teaching your kids about the importance of exercising by making it fun and finding simple ways to move daily.Try doing a vegetarian day! On that day, everyone can load up on different types of proteins such as beans or tofu in their meals. Vegetarian day is the perfect excuse to add more vegetables to your plate, create new recipes, introduce new vegetables and promote eating healthy as a family.Screen time is time spent watching TV, sitting at the computer and time spent playing video games. Avoid watching TV during the day, and try keeping screen time for when you're tired, sick, or for special occasions.If you don't have it in your house, you won't eat it. Not having bad foods on hand will push you to eat something else that is healthier. For instance, instead of buying chips, start making homemade popcorn with your kids when you feel like a salty snack.Try something new to make it more fun and interesting for your family. This can be starting a new activity every weekend, such as going on a hike together, or biking in an area you never been before. Innovating and adding a touch of originality to your meals is also a great idea, add new veggies, and flavors. Get inspired by visiting our About.com website for healthy and easy family recipes.If you exercise and eat together you will build memories, but you will also encourage more communication within family members. Studies show that kids, especially teens, who eat with their parents tend to be less depressed, have better communication skills, and eat healthier food.Finally, do not neglect breakfast time! It's been said before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It helps your kids stay focused at school in the morning, and it boosts the metabolism. If you don't like eating breakfast, try something as simple as a smoothie, a peanut butter toast or a hard-boiled egg.Thanks for watching! And for more information, visit us at About.com.